October 1, 2020
Michigan Design Center Design News, to the trade
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Important News on Lead Times

While MDC showrooms are open and very excited to do business with you, Trade Members should keep in mind that due to the safety protocols to help combat COVID-19, lead times for memo samples and many products are longer than usual. Throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia, companies are taking steps to keep their employees safe and healthy. Vendors are working as quickly as they are able to fill your requests, but most are unable to promise overnight or two-day delivery due to their own safety protocols and the increased volume of parcels at the postal service and shipping companies.

To keep your projects on track, please allow extra time when ordering memo samples and products. Provide the showrooms with a purchase order with all the complete information required to avoid change orders and shipping address corrections. These simple steps will help ensure our showrooms will continue to deliver the high level of service you have come to expect.

Resource Center

Meeting Space for Trade Professionals

Trade members are warmly invited to take advantage of the privacy and convenience afforded by the complimentary meeting space at the rear of the Resource Center, Suite 84. Design professionals can casually meet with their clients or assistants for an hourlong appointment. Simply reserve the day and time with Emily McDonald or 248.649.2020.

Theodore Alexander customization


Everything You Need to Know About Customization

Join Neill Robinson, President of Theodore Alexander, for a Zoom presentation where you’ll learn about customizing their pieces with unique finishes, distinctive fabrics, and made-to-measure upholstery. Everyone who attends this informative event will receive a 10% off coupon to use on their next Theodore Alexander order from their MDC showroom in Suite 30. Register here.

Hard Rock Stone Works and Royal Crest Color Lux Collection

10 A.M., 10:30 A.M., 11 A.M. | SUITE 84

Mini-Sessions in the RC

Join Hard Rock Stone Works, Dwyer Marble & Stone, and Royal Crest Blinds for three informative 20-minute presentations at their booths in the Resource Center, Suite 84:

10 & 10:30 A.M. – Hard Rock Stone Works, Dwyer Marble & Stone: “Discover the Power of Porcelain”
Beautiful, versatile porcelain is quickly becoming a design must. Join us for an “espresso session” about when, where, and how you can use porcelain in residential and commercial projects. From kitchen countertops to shower walls (no grout needed!) — this luxe material has endless possibilities. Plus, your hosts are including espressos and treats.

11:00 A.M. – Royal Crest Blinds: “Learning about Color Lux Shades”
The Color Lux Collection is a beautifully affordable custom window shade and soft treatment program tailored to fit your needs. You no longer need to rummage through a jumbled mess of swatches just to end up settling for second best. Now you can find the exact color you want with a simple and organized color deck.

You may attend one or more of these complimentary mini-sessions. Space is limited to 7 people each session, so please RSVP to Emily or phone 248.649.2020.

Sherwin Williams Colormix Color Forecast 2021


Sherwin-Williams Colormix
Color Forecast 2021

Rhythm is the secret to how the natural world stays in step. The same sense of balance applies to our personal sense of nature through how we live – and how we design. Fast and slow. Quiet and expressive. Virtual and physical. See it take shape in 40 trend colors, presented in four palettes designed to bring your own rendition of rhythm to beautiful life.

This year’s Colormix event will be held virtually on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Sherwin-Williams will be sending out an e-invite with the time and further details later this month. Please contact danielle.m.stallings@sherwin.com to be added to their list.

City Lights Detroit showroom

City Lights Detroit Stock Sale
Open to the Public

City Lights Detroit is holding a Showroom Stock Sale. Deep discounts can be found storewide on all Visual Comfort lighting. Shop early for the best selection. City Lights Detroit is in Suite 98.

New RJ Thomas website

RJ Thomas Ltd. Launches
New Website

RJ Thomas Ltd. is proud to announce the launch of their new website with enhanced tools for today’s busy interior designer. The new website will allow design clients to search for products across all of RJ Thomas' vendor brands by size and other options. The website will also offer a room-planner and customers will be able to “drape” fabrics online with brands like Sherrill and Lexington. Click here to see the new website.

New Theodore Alexander product

New Arrivals at Theodore Alexander

Theodore Alexander has received nearly 50 new pieces ranging from sofas and bedroom sets to accent tables, case goods, and more. Make sure to stop by the newly re-merchandised showroom and see what’s new.

Photo by James Haefner

Design Tips: Some Bright Ideas

The days are getting noticeably shorter and Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 1, so it’s the perfect time to focus on lighting. Proper lighting contributes immeasurably to a space (as seen in this kitchen designed by Schaerer Architextural Interiors), whether it’s task lighting or atmospheric. Three top designers share some illuminating tips about how to best take advantage of natural and artificial lighting.
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